Belarus Tourist Visas

Real Russia can obtain visas required by many foreign nationals wishing to visit the Republic of Belarus.

A tourist visa is used by people travelling to Belarus for tourist or leisure purposes and allows either for one or two visits within a maximum period of 30 days. Note that your visa will be valid for travel to Belarus during the dates shown on your visa support documents supplied by a hotel approved by the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The documents you need to provide depend on your nationality, the length of your visit and whether you or Real Russia are managing the accommodation. Please find more information below.

How do I order?

1. Select your passport nationality to allow us to calculate the exact price for your visa:

2. Select the visa type and processing speed from the options below:
Service type Single visit Double visit Processing time
Standard service £141.44 £151.44 8 days
Express service £222.32 £232.32 4 days
3. Click on an option above to order your visa online

That’s it ... we do the rest and you relax! One last thing though, confirm that the processing times meet your travel needs.

Please note that Belarus visa fees are calculated and based on the daily exchange rate. If the exchange rate falls by a certain percentage on the day we apply for your visa, then the consulate may apply an additional surcharge of £5.00 to the visa fee to compensate. In these cases we will contact you to take payment for the additional surcharge.

Are there any external issues which may affect my visa processing?

Please see the following link for any processing issues which may be affecting the Belarusian visa service.

What is the processing time?

The processing time and prices above assume that, where they are required, you do not have your own visa support documents (invitation) and you wish us to provide them within the service (where possible). If you have your own invitation, you can select “I have my own visa support document” from the “Support service” drop-down menu on the online order form and the price will change accordingly.

The processing time is counted in business days, excludes weekends and the day of order. It refers to the number of working days that it will take us to prepare your invitation, usually 2 working days, and the time required by the consulate to process your visa once all the application paperwork has been submitted to them (a week for standard and 2 working days for express service). We will lodge your application the next consular working day after we have received all the application paperwork (including the visa support document where applicable) provided that all documents are in order. Please note that we can only start processing your visa support document once you have booked your hotel with us, paid for it, sent us a scanned copy of your passport and answered a questionnaire which we will email to you.

The Belarus consulate is closed on Wednesdays and does not accept lodgments or collections, so if we receive your application on a Tuesday it will be lodged on Thursday.

The visa due dates indicated on the order form account for UK and Belarus public holidays. However please note that the Belarus authorities issuing the invitation as well as the Belarus Consulate may experience delays with processing usually shortly after their holiday period is over. The delays may occur due to other reasons as well, such as high volumes or technical issues. For that matter, the visa due dates are only provisional and by no means definitive. In any event, we do not recommend booking your flight or make other travel arrangements until you have got your passport and visa with you.

The day we receive your visa from the Consulate we will send it to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery, so you will have it the next business day before 1pm, or optionally hold it at our office for your collection.

What documents do I need to provide with my application pack?

The documents that you need to provide to allow us to lodge your application at the consulate depend on your nationality.

Please note that if you are applying for a Belarus visa on a passport from one of the following countries, you will need to apply directly at the Consulate in person; Malaysia, India, Thailand and Singapore.

Check your visa application requirements by selecting your passport nationality from the menu:

  1. The completed, signed visa application form.
  2. Your original signed passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least 6 months after the end of the requested visa.
  3. A single recent colour passport photograph taken against white plain background, no older than 6 months.
  4. A copy of your visa support document. Either a tourist voucher (official invitation) issued by the hotel approved by the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs OR depending on your nationality an accommodation booking confirmation (only for stays no longer than 10 days). Please be aware that the Belarus Consulate will issue the visa based on the dates on your invitation/confirmation. Please click here for more information.
  5. A copy of your medical insurance certificate covering every day of your stay in Belarus. Please click here for required insurance details
  6. For applicants under the age of 18 - a copy of their birth certificate and of both parent’s passport data page.
  7. Payment, if not paying online.

Do I need a hotel booking for a tourist visa?

Please note that as of November 2012, it is impossible to obtain a Belarus tourist visa without an existing booking of an approved hotel. If Real Russia is managing the accommodation then we will provide the official visa support documents required by the Belarus Consulate. Please be aware that we cannot supply these for migration risk nationals. If you are a national of such a country or if you are managing your own accommodation, then you will need to provide the necessary documents with your application.

The Belarus Consulate accept two types of tourist visa support documents; the official invitation (tourist voucher) or a hotel booking confirmation (conditions apply).

The official invitation can only be issued by the hotels registered with the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Such an invitation in Belarusian language should confirm your personal details as well as the dates you booked the hotel for and it is signed and stamped usually by the reservation department representative. If you booked more than one hotel, you will need to obtain the invitation from each hotel separately.

A short-term single entry tourist visa (for stays no longer than 10 days) can be obtained on a basis of an accommodation booking confirmation, which should confirm the applicant’s details and the period of stay in Belarus. The booking confirmation should be printed on the letterhead of a hotel/travel agency and bear the signature of an official and a corporate seal. It should preferably indicate the name, address and the registration number of the inviting company (not only a hotel). The acceptance of the booking confirmation as opposed to the official invitation is subject to the applicant’s nationality. Please contact us for further details.

Please be aware that your visa will be valid only for the dates that you booked your hotel for.

To book an approved hotel, you may contact us or select and book one online at the following link: Hotel Bookings

I am travelling to Russia via Belarus, can you help me with the Russian visa as well?

Yes, of course we can. We will process all visas "back to back" and return your passport with all visas when they are complete. See the following links for further details:

Do I need to register my visa in Belarus?

If you stay in Belarus for five (5) or more business days excluding weekends and Belarus public holidays then you will need to register your visa. If you are transiting through Belarus or staying less than five (5) working days then you do not need to register your visa, though you will still need to ensure you obtain a migration card as described below.

When you cross the border into Belarus, for example overland by train from Poland or by air from London into Minsk, then you will be given a migration card which you will need to complete. The card is in two parts, part "A" and "B" and both parts need to be completed (in block capitals) before you go through passport control. Part "A" of the card will be kept by passport control on entry and part "B" is returned to you with an entry stamp on it - do not lose this card, keep it with your passport at all times.

Mandatory government insurance is sold at Minsk international airport upon your arrival and this is required for your registration. If you travel to Belarus overland, for example by train or car, it is your responsibility to obtain the insurance in the city where you are staying before you go to get your visa registered. The two Belarus companies that offer insurance to foreign visitors are Belgosstrah (БЕЛГОССТРАХ) and Beleximgarant (БЕЛЭКСИМГАРАНТ), both of which are owned by the state.

If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel will register your visa for the duration of your stay at the hotel during the check-in process by placing the hotel registration stamp on part "B" of the migration card.

If you are staying at a private apartment or house then you need to be registered at the Passport and Visa Department in the town, city or district where you are staying. Your landlord or host will need to go with you and you will need to present your passport, part "B" of your migration card, proof of insurance and pay the registration fee of £4.00 (in Belarusian Roubles). The Passport and Visa Department registration stamp will go on part "B" of the migration card.

When you leave Belarus you need to present passport control with part "B" of your migration card containing your entry stamp, and, if required your registration stamp(s) from the hotel or OVIR.

If you have failed to register your visa correctly or lost your migration card, then you may have problems with passport control when leaving Belarus including fines of several hundred US dollars.

How do I read my visa?

Please see the following guide for more information: Reading a Belarusian visa

Can I deliver my passport and collect my visa from your office in person?

Yes, of course you can, we have an office in central London and we will be happy to see you and assist with your application if needed. If you intend to deliver an application in person or collect your passport and visa we are open for collection and deliveries during the following times:

Passport Collection and Delivery times
Weekdays 09.00 GMT 18.00 GMT
Saturday Closed Closed
Bank / public holidays (except 25, 26 December and 1 January) 09:00 – 12:00 GMT

Visa applications received by our office after 16.30 on weekdays or at any time on Saturdays or non-working days will not start to be processed until the following working day.

Our telephone lines will still be open and our weekday opening times are not affected. For more information please contact our visa team.

How can I pay for my visa?

You have several options to pay for your visa including:

Sounds good, how do I get my visa?

To order your Belarus visa online, simply click on the level of service you want from the options above.

What will happen when I click the service I want?

  • When you select the service you want from the options above we will ask you to fill in a simple online form with details about yourself, your trip and finally you will have the option to pay using your credit or debit card through our secure servers.
  • We will then email, fax or post (depending on your preference) your visa application form to you.
  • You complete and sign the visa application form and send this, along with your passport (with minimum two blank pages and valid for at least 6 months after the end of the visa) and a single colour passport photograph to us.
  • That's it, that's all you have to do!

  • We will generate your visa support documents, complete all the necessary forms and submit your completed visa application to the Belarus Consulate. During the processing of your application, we will be on hand to answer any queries the Consulate may have and to ensure that your application is dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.
  • The day your visa is ready we will collect it in person and return this to you using Royal Mail Special Delivery so you will have it the next business day before 1pm or hold it at our office for your collection.

You can follow the progress of your order through our online order tracking system which will detail the steps taken and the steps remaining to obtain your visa.

Emergency Assistance

If you’re in need of assistance whilst travelling we offer a dedicated 24 hour telephone support service.

For all emergencies you can call us on +44 (0) 207 100 7370 where our operators are available to provide help 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you experience problems whilst away, our team can offer guidance and support. If for example you have mislaid your passport, you are experiencing difficulty boarding a train or any number of other travel issues, call our emergency helpline for immediate assistance.

Can you tell me more?

We try to give you as much information as we can to help you choose the service you need, though if you still have more questions please feel free to look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly and we will be happy to help.